It’s Friday, but I don’t think I’m going to get much rest this weekend. On Sunday, I start shooting a lead role in an amazing film called Beyond the Bridge.
It’s a story about suicide. I play a teenager working with a therapist secretly dealing with the guilt of losing his twin brother to suicide. That’s one of three stories told in this film. It’s kind of dark, and the script is amazing. I can’t wait to start working on it.
I only have a couple of scenes in it, but I’m excited to be working with the team from Free Lane Films on it. Matthew Thomas and Ramon Malpica are two of the filmmakers behind this film — we had lunch a couple of weeks ago and then had a table read last week. They’re making sure that everybody working on the film gets to know each other and is comfortable with the subject matter of the film. They’ve even been talking to real therapists about hos to make sure they can explore the idea of teen suicide without glamorizing it. I like that — I wouldn’t want to be part of a movie that made anyone think killing themselves is ok.
As soon as we wrap our shoot on Sunday, I’m going to the red-carpet premiere for director Marco Bottiglieri’s new film Color Me You. My friend Ashla Soter is the producer for the film, and I have a bit part as an art festival worker in it. Can’t wait to see the whole thing! I’ve known Ashla and Marco for several years — she was in my acting class for awhile, and I played her little brother in a film, and he directed one of the first PSA’s I did. Now they live in Los Angeles and I don’t get to see them very often, so the premiere will be a good chance to catch up as well as see the film.
Here’s the trailer for Color Me You. I’m not in it, of course — I’m just a bit player. But it was a fun shoot, and the film looks cool.
Besides working on my scenes for the film and getting all dressed up for a movie premiere, I’m working on some new music. I’ve enjoyed playing my guitar this summer. Last weekend I even played for some friends during my nephew’s birthday party.